America’s Golden Melting Pot

The 2012 United States women's Olympic gymnastics team struck gold on Tuesday in London.

They certainly “built it” themselves, Save Jerseyans, and the glorious result was the first gymnastics team gold medal for our United States since 1996.

The fabulous five! America’s athletic finest. And what a diverse group:

Gabby Douglas – African American.

McKayla Maroney – Irish American.

Jordyn Wieber – Lebanese American.

Aly Raisman – Jewish American.

Kyla Ross – Her dad is black and Japanese; her mom is Filipina and Puerto Rican.

That’s America, right? Every other nation fields teams with athletes that are internally homogenous (including 2nd place Russia and 3rd place Romania); you can’t identify another Olympic delegation with anything close to resembling the rich and varied background of this year’s U.S. women’s team. Even their leader, USA Team Coordinator Márta Károlyi, is herself a defector from Romania along with her legendary husband and coach of the ’96 team, Béla Károlyi. The Károlyi couple sought political asylum here and Team USA has obviously been better for it.

I fully appreciate that the Olympic Games are nominally apolitical. But we all know they’re not in actuality, folks, and each Olympic games offers its own unique set of political circumstances. This year all eyes are on the familiar suspects (Iran, Israel), the rivalry between America and China (the “new” Soviet Union), as well as a few major historic developments (notably Saudi Arabia’s decision to field its first-ever female competitors).

For what it’s worth, I think all Americans should celebrate both the sports/human story coming out of last night’s achievement (our women’s gymnastics team’s gold medal victory) as well as the political dimension (the successful “American Experiment” which they embody). It might be all the more important given yesterday’s Rasmussen tracking poll reporting an epic racial gap growing as we inch towards November. The President hasn’t been able to unite us. Perhaps five outstanding little ambassadors of what’s right with America can get the job done?

7 thoughts on “America’s Golden Melting Pot

  1. They certainly didn't "build it" themselves Matt. You completely discounted the countless hours that their parents spent driving them to and from workouts. That their coaches prepared them for this from a young age. The thousands upon thousands of dollars spent in their training by their parents and supporters. Yes, they did a lot of work to get their..but they never, ever, ever did it alone.

  2. Rick,

    Are you that obtuse or are you just intellectually dishonest. Matt is saying these girls put in thousands of hours and sacrificed to achieve the gold they won, the government did not do it. Further, you and the president don't understand that commerce existed and would still exist without government, but government would starve and die without robust commerce that spins on taxable profit to fund it.

    You and Obama are really becoming embarrassments.

  3. The point was Hubert, that these kids did NOT do this alone. There were countless people along the way the helped. Are you that oblivious to the sacrifices made by others to help them on their path? Sad.

  4. I guess the answer to my question is "obtuse." The main thrust of the President's now-infamous "you didn't build it" remark was that government played a substantial role in all of our success. He's wrong. Many of us are struggling and succeeding in spite of government.

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